RALEIGH, N.C. -- Eddie Lack will make his second straight start in goal for the Carolina Hurricanes against the Nashville Predators on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; FSN-TN, FS-CR).
Lack made 30 saves in Carolina's 4-2 win over the Washington Capitals on New Year's Eve, lifting his record to 4-0-1 in the past five games.
"Eddie's been good," coach Bill Peters said. "His process is better, he's bigger, he's playing a little further out, I think. He's feeling good about himself. So we will go back to Eddie and see how he does here tonight."
The Hurricanes (16-17-5) have won three of four since the Christmas break, including a 2-1 road victory against the Chicago Blackhawks.
"They've beaten some good teams recently," Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said. "We always have to worry a bit more about ourselves than we do the opposition, but they're possessing the puck, they're fast, they generate a lot of offense and they're pretty tight defensively."
In the final game of a three-game road trip, Nashville (18-13-7) is looking to bounce back from a 5-1 loss against the Dallas Stars. The Predators, currently in the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference, know they can't afford many slips in the highly competitive Central Division.
"We're definitely in the grind and pushing toward the playoffs, so you've got to be on your toes every game," said James Neal, who leads the team with 15 goals. "As tough as it is, I think it's good for you. You're going to need that in the playoffs. Carolina has beaten some good teams. You've got to respect that they're a good hockey club."
Pekka Rinne, who is 5-1-0 against Carolina, will start in goal. He is 0-6-2 on the road since Nov. 5.
Here are the projected lineups:
Filip Forsberg - Mike Ribeiro - Craig Smith
Viktor Arvidsson - Mike Fisher - James Neal
Colin Wilson- Calle Jarnkrok - Cody Hodgson
Eric Nystrom - Paul Gaustad - Miikka Salomaki
Roman Josi - Shea Weber
Barret Jackman - Seth Jones
Mattias Ekholm - Ryan Ellis
Scratched: Anthony Bitetto, Petter Granberg, Austin Watson
Injured: Gabriel Bourque (undisclosed)
Kris Versteeg - Eric Staal - Elias Lindholm
Jeff Skinner - Victor Rask - Phillip Di Giuseppe
Joakim Nordstrom - Jordan Staal - Andrej Nestrasil
Chris Terry - Jay McClement - Riley Nash
John-Michael Liles - Justin Faulk
Jaccob Slavin - Ron Hainsey
Noah Hanifin - Brett Pesce
Injured: James Wisniewski (knee), Nathan Gerbe (lower body)
Scratched: Brad Malone, Michal Jordan
Status report: Hodgson returns to the Nashville lineup after sitting out three games, taking the place of Watson.
Who's hot: Ribeiro has eight assists in the past six games. ... Eric Staal has three goals in two games. ... Versteeg has three assists in two games.